Spring has finally arrived. As you get started spring cleaning this year, consider disposing of unused or unwanted medications.
Wisconsin has seen a significant increase in opioid overdose deaths over the last several decades. In 2000, there were 111 deaths due to opioid overdose. In 2017, that number increased to 916. That’s more than a 700% increase.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, more than 70% of people who abuse prescription painkillers get them through friends or relatives. “Locking medications and taking advantage of safe disposal options are some of the most effective ways to prevent prescription drug abuse in our community,” states Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator for the Lincoln County Health Department.
Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for April 27. In Lincoln County, Drug Take Back Day is every day. You can dispose of unwanted medications year round at the following locations:
Merrill Police Department
1004 E. 1st Street, Merrill
Tomahawk Police Department
219 West Somo Avenue, Tomahawk
1205 O’Day Street, Merrill
844 N. 4th Street, Tomahawk
Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-6:00pm, Sat. 8:30am-12:00pm
To learn more about Drug Take Back Day and how to prevent prescription drug abuse visit: https://doseofrealitywi.gov/drug-takeback/.
Healthy Minds for Lincoln County is a part of Live Well Lincoln, a collaborative that strives to promote partnerships within the community to improve health through advocacy, prevention and implementation of best practices. To learn more about Healthy Minds for Lincoln County contact Kristin Bath at 715-539-1373 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Moellendorf at 715-539-1077 or email@example.com.